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What's Normal? - Do you work at home in 2024? (1 Viewer)

Do you work at home presently?

  • Yes

  • No

  • About Half n Half

  • I go into the office once a week

  • Retired


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Ministry of Pain

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There's an entire thread devoted to working at home. I have an opinion about many of the things I read in there but one of the things I am almost sure of, this group has an abnormal number of folks that work from home. We know from more recent articles on Google lots of companies are bringing back their staff and folks that have been working from home are being asked to return, the alternative for many is they lose their job if they won't come back.

I have several thoughts and ideas that will flow out of this main topic with the help of others who post about their journeys thru this incredible and fairly unique time in the workforce. I can never remember when I was first starting work in the early 90s, the thought of being able to answer phones at home when I was 18-19-20 vs a call center or whatever is/was unthinkable. We would have been laughed at and called slackers but fast forward to 2020 and so many folks that settled in to work from home, it's gotta be painful for many to have to start trudging back into work...my 24 year old is actively pursuing work from home IT jobs, I keep reminding him that times are starting to shift back to people going into offices. He currently has to go into the office everyday but Friday

Mrs and I work from home 4 days a week, she absolutely has to go into the office 1 day a week, it's about 80 miles one way from our house :lol:
And the people we work around are not whistling for anyone to come into the office, in fact the person in charge over everyone has encouraged most of us to continue working from home.
Again there is a side story to why she might feel this way including but not limited to the fact she has a much younger boyfriend that she hired from out of state and put on the payroll...nothing wrong there :whistle:

I'm curious what the ratio of FBG to work at home must be and especially right now, 4 years after Covid.
Some of you had to to return in some capacity and would like to hear more about that and how it's going right now.

Cheers!
 
I do some work from home mostly on nights and weekends with the occasional weekday, but it’s nowhere near half time so I voted no.
 
Two days must be in office. I oftentimes came in a third day just to have some peace & quiet. That said, we just switched from M/TH to T/TH and my "third day" was Wednesday so I'm not sure if I'll want to come in three straight days moving forward. I answered "about half and half" since it'll vary week to week and I also spend some time on work trips.
 
I work from home, but only 1 day a week. The rest are in office. I don't see an option for that. I guess "Yes" but I feel like that implies everyday.
My son works M-Th in the office and Fridays he gets to work from home, that's mainly a go into the office type job
 
Yes-21%
No-47%, these folks are in the office 4 to 5 days a week. Perhaps their jobs/companies do not allow for it or simply cannot be performed at home like construction for example
Half n Half - 26% which is either home 2 days/work 3 days or vice versa

I thought @Zow had a good point that some folks work from home at night after they have already put in a full day at the office, yeah that sucks but I know it's life for many
 
I cover a region - office hours...

This week
Mon 7:30-6
Wed 7:30-12
Thu 8:30-12

Next week
Mon 7:30-2
Tue 7:30-12
Wed 10-3
Fri 8:30-2

Voted half and half, but as you see every week is different, and it's probably more like 60 office : 40 not.

When I'm in control of things these are my working hours
Mon 7:30-5+
Tues 7:30-5+
Wed 7:30-3
Thu 8:30-3
Fri 8:30-2

I usually check email some time at night, but rarely between leaving Fri and Sun evening, then generally only schedule responses the next morning. Also have evening off site meetings with some frequency, which is why I don't think twice about cutting out early late in the week. My non-office days are usually because I'm conducting a visit off-site, but I sprinkle days like today on occasion. Needed some electrical work done at home, so I spent the day preparing for my next 2 weeks worth of meetings. No way I can get this done uninterrupted in the office and now all I'll have to do is sprinkle in updates as new info comes in between now and those upcoming meetings. Some of my team could work from home 80+% of the time given their roles, but I couldn't imagine doing mine. Even as is there are some inefficiencies - 3 separate emails today triggered meeting requests outside of my dept because if we tried resolving via email it'd turn into a 20+ response flood of confusion culminating in the same meeting request.
 
No. In a visual field where a lot is decided in in-person discussion/sketching, so it's optimal to be at the office even if some of this can happen via remote work.

And not taking work home if I can avoid it. I like the separation.
 
100%

There is no need for me to be in an office. In fact I routinely work with sensitive contractor bids, so my being at home actually makes things more secure.

I will never work another job that is not at least hybrid or otherwise has a VERY short commute. Wasting hours of your week in your car driving to/from work without being paid for it should never have been the norm and I regret doing it as long as I did.
 
I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Yeah, I feel this. Up until today, I was working from home on Tuesdays, some Wednesdays... and Fridays. Normally on Tuesdays I'd sleep in, watch Price is Right at 10am, shower and go get lunch, come home and work a bit (but sometimes not; I'd watch ESPN or whatever) and then at 2:30 get my son at school, swing by Target or grocery store, and then by 3 or 3:30 I'd be ready for a cocktail. Now that day will probably be Monday...

But yeah, tons of distractions at home. Napping, TV, eating, going on walks (I guess this is a good thing).

Things have surely changed. I kinda like it.
 
I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Yeah, I feel this. Up until today, I was working from home on Tuesdays, some Wednesdays... and Fridays. Normally on Tuesdays I'd sleep in, watch Price is Right at 10am, shower and go get lunch, come home and work a bit (but sometimes not; I'd watch ESPN or whatever) and then at 2:30 get my son at school, swing by Target or grocery store, and then by 3 or 3:30 I'd be ready for a cocktail. Now that day will probably be Monday...

But yeah, tons of distractions at home. Napping, TV, eating, going on walks (I guess this is a good thing).

Things have surely changed. I kinda like it.
If you were in the office during that time, would you be working? If so, is it piling up for you until you get back in the office? If not, is your job just not very busy?
 
I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Yeah, I feel this. Up until today, I was working from home on Tuesdays, some Wednesdays... and Fridays. Normally on Tuesdays I'd sleep in, watch Price is Right at 10am, shower and go get lunch, come home and work a bit (but sometimes not; I'd watch ESPN or whatever) and then at 2:30 get my son at school, swing by Target or grocery store, and then by 3 or 3:30 I'd be ready for a cocktail. Now that day will probably be Monday...

But yeah, tons of distractions at home. Napping, TV, eating, going on walks (I guess this is a good thing).

Things have surely changed. I kinda like it.
If you were in the office during that time, would you be working? If so, is it piling up for you until you get back in the office? If not, is your job just not very busy?
If I was in the office I'd probably find things to do. Things fluctuate for us. Sometimes I'm incredibly busy, other times I have time to scroll around on the FFA, check fantasy teams, etc.

I just find that Tuesdays were especially slow (no regular meetings) and that it was a good day to get laundry done, do some errands and "clock out" fairly early to enjoy a couple of cocktails and watch sports or mindless entertainment.

Now, during football season I add about 10-12 hours of extra work every week for a certain side gig. :oldunsure:
 
Back to in the office every day. During the height of WFH it was in the office one day and WFH the rest of the days. I can work from home when needed but it is preferred to be in the office. I voted NO
 
About to start another job after a couple months. It will be the same 3 days a week, but planning to actually go in more than a couple of hours a day. Maybe 4 instead of 3.
 
I'm sorry. Can any shlub just steal anyone else's shtick? Have we gone Lord of the Flies already? What in the actual hell? We have an ***official*** What's Normal poller. He has a website and everything. I refuse to acknowledge this not-normal what's normal impostor. Good day, sir.
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
 
I'm sorry. Can any shlub just steal anyone else's shtick? Have we gone Lord of the Flies already? What in the actual hell? We have an ***official*** What's Normal poller. He has a website and everything. I refuse to acknowledge this not-normal what's normal impostor. Good day, sir.
Sarcasm.. Right :oldunsure:
 
In theory, I go into the office once a week. In practice, it’s once or twice a month. I, like most of my co-workers, have a job that can be done from anywhere as long as you have a laptop and a WiFi signal.

My company has hired a bunch of remote-only people from outside the region and refurbished the offices, converting several areas that used to be cube farms into large meeting spaces. So there is definitely no mandate to return to the office regularly.
 
100%

There is no need for me to be in an office. In fact I routinely work with sensitive contractor bids, so my being at home actually makes things more secure.

I will never work another job that is not at least hybrid or otherwise has a VERY short commute. Wasting hours of your week in your car driving to/from work without being paid for it should never have been the norm and I regret doing it as long as I did.
Should have never been the norm? What should it have been?
 
I do some work from home mostly on nights and weekends with the occasional weekday, but it’s nowhere near half time so I voted no.

same

It is nice to have a home set up as I often knock out a few things early in the morning from home before getting dressed and heading in. Otherwise, some weekends and I'll stay home 2 or 3 days a month but only when I have a reason I need to be home. My commute is only about 15 minutes and I'm not as productive at home so prefer to come in.
 
95% from the office. My office is close and is nice and the office in our home has been taken over by my wife whos been 100% WFH since Covid. I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Most folks are probably the same, but won’t outwardly admit it.
 
I do some work from home mostly on nights and weekends with the occasional weekday, but it’s nowhere near half time so I voted no.

same

It is nice to have a home set up as I often knock out a few things early in the morning from home before getting dressed and heading in. Otherwise, some weekends and I'll stay home 2 or 3 days a month but only when I have a reason I need to be home. My commute is only about 15 minutes and I'm not as productive at home so prefer to come in.
Yep, exactly the same for me on those additional points.
 
I wfh every day with the exception of being on site with a client once every other week. They prefer this since I’m a consultant and charge them for my drive time. Besides, all I do is remote into other servers all day anyway so it really doesn’t matter where I do it from. My peers aren’t so lucky with wfh, but some get at least a day or two. I guess in the eyes of my company, they want me in their office despite not having any work with anyone else there. I don’t take it for granted after 4 years fwiw and am looking at other remote jobs moving forward.
 
95% from the office. My office is close and is nice and the office in our home has been taken over by my wife whos been 100% WFH since Covid. I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Most folks are probably the same, but won’t outwardly admit it.
The opposite for me. I get way more done at home. At work, I have too many people stop by my office to chit chat. Plus, at home, I usually work the time I would be driving.
 
95% from the office. My office is close and is nice and the office in our home has been taken over by my wife whos been 100% WFH since Covid. I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Most folks are probably the same, but won’t outwardly admit it.
Not me. I slept in, answered a few emails, went to the gym, then got more work done between 10:30 and 3:30 than I usually do in a full week in my office. My windows to get anything done in the office are from arrival until maybe 9 o clock and if I stay after most others leave. Don't get me wrong, with my role collaboration is important, but it's not often I do anything more than email facilitation and answer calls along between 9 and 4. This is why I often try to schedule visits that either begin at 10 or end at 2, so I can justify starting or finishing my day at home and actually get something done a couple times per week.
 
Worked Fulltime from home for 5 years, then hybrid for 2, and now 4 years fulltime and won't ever go back.

I get more work done from 5am to 8am, then I do the rest of the day due to meetings, meetings and meetings the rest of the day.

That 2 hours I wasted per day in the car is now used to be much more productive. :hifive:
Let's talk about these wall to wall meetings, my wife has the same schedule from about 8:30-5:30 it's just meeting after meeting, when does anyone have time to work on the things discussed at the meetings? :lol:
 
I'm sorry. Can any shlub just steal anyone else's shtick? Have we gone Lord of the Flies already? What in the actual hell? We have an ***official*** What's Normal poller. He has a website and everything. I refuse to acknowledge this not-normal what's normal impostor. Good day, sir.
:wub:
Well done
 
I'm sorry. Can any shlub just steal anyone else's shtick? Have we gone Lord of the Flies already? What in the actual hell? We have an ***official*** What's Normal poller. He has a website and everything. I refuse to acknowledge this not-normal what's normal impostor. Good day, sir.
:wub:
Well done
I said good day, sir
 
100%

There is no need for me to be in an office. In fact I routinely work with sensitive contractor bids, so my being at home actually makes things more secure.

I will never work another job that is not at least hybrid or otherwise has a VERY short commute. Wasting hours of your week in your car driving to/from work without being paid for it should never have been the norm and I regret doing it as long as I did.
Should have never been the norm? What should it have been?
The pandemic proved that a lot of jobs can be done remote, including mine. If any future employer of mine wants me in the office, they can pay for my commute as part of my workday.
 
Pre-COVID, I was going in 2-3 days a week when I wasn't traveling. Since COVID, it's been almost exclusively WFH and I go into the office when I feel the need - which is like every other month at most given that my colleagues are spread across the globe. I have a long commute to get to the office - about 1.5-2 hours each way - so it's obviously way more efficient not spending 3-4 hours of down time. Fortunately my company has been very accommodating of WFH since COVID.
 
I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.

Funny but I’m the exact opposite- constant distractions at the office. People stopping by to say hi or longer conversations. People sitting at their cubicle on calls. Group conversations in the halls. Longer walks to the bathroom. Really long walk to get coffee and food.

Now, do I get distracted at home, yes. But it’s by choice and not done to me. And I can make my distractions productive versus hearing about Bob’s allergies.

I can also start my day as soon as I get up. WFH is so vastly superior for me that’s it’s not even debatable but I realize everybody’s situation is different.
 
95% from the office. My office is close and is nice and the office in our home has been taken over by my wife whos been 100% WFH since Covid. I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Most folks are probably the same, but won’t outwardly admit it.

I think the key difference here is distractions you can’t control versus ones you allow. I get that doesn’t apply to everyone but I think it does for a lot of us. I don’t have young kids - if I WFH the only thing I have to do it work. If I go in to the office I have to deal with those distractions.
 
30% of the folks who voted either work remote or at home, and that includes folks that go into the office 1 day a week, Mrs and I fall into that category

Here is some information I found on the national average and it says...
"As of April 2024, around 14% of employed adults in the U.S. work from home all the time, which is about 22 million people. However, the percentage of people who work fully remotely has been steadily declining, with an average of 12.2% of workers fully remote in 2023 compared to 14.3% in 2022."

National Average right now is somewhere between 12-14% but at FBG the number is over twice that amount at 30%
It's not an indictment of any kind on this group, I just find it fascinating and certainly not the norm out there.
 
As more jobs are automated I’m curious to see what happens to the WFH trend.

Tangent - I’ll also point out that if folks hate WFH then I imagine they are really going to hate UBI.
 
As an aside, speaking as a parent of a 24-year-old son and another one in college, I think it is critical for the younger generation entering the workforce to spend a good chunk of their time in an office setting. Engaging with people face-to-face has declined in today's technology-driven world (and exacerbated by COVID), but remain critical skills for many to develop.
 
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95% from the office. My office is close and is nice and the office in our home has been taken over by my wife whos been 100% WFH since Covid. I find too many distractions at home I'm way more productive in the office.
Most folks are probably the same, but won’t outwardly admit it.

There are more distractions in the office than at home, on both wednesday and thursday i work in an open layout and too many people want to talk to me during the day to be really productive.

On tuesday i still have a regular office and can close the door. I can get similar work done there and at home.
 

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